Issue 39 - Friday 15th July 2022

Headteacher's Welcome

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been another fun-filled week as we approach the end of the academic year.

Thanks to all that have been able to support at today's Summer Fair. All monies raised will be spent on equipment for children at the school - including the eagerly awaited KS2 climbing frame.

Congratulations to Archers House for being the overall winner during Wednesday's Sport's Day. The day was a huge success with many children winning points for their teams, the sun shining and so many of our families joining us for the event. It was lovely to see so many people on the school field particularly after the last few years. Huge thanks also to the adults that joined in the teacher/parent race - it was the highlight of many of our children's day!

Our school choir had a wonderful experience last week when they sang to thousands on stage at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Well done to all involved and thanks to those families that were able to support the event.

Three 'Maths Passport Champions' have been crowned over the past week following the Y1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 final. The championship provides an opportunity for those Parkfielders that are incredibly quick at mental calculations to show off their abilities infront of an audience. Congratulations to all involved - you all certainly showed the Parkfield qualities of being Positive, Ambitious and Resilient!

Finally, a special mention for one of our Y5 pupils who this week was voted as the Rochdale Children's Champion for the next 12 months. Following an application, interview and voting from over 8000 children across the borough he ended up winning with the majority of votes. His role will include working with local councillors to make a positive difference to the children of Rochdale. What a fantastic opportunity - well done - we're all very proud of this achievement.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your support. Only four more school days to go!

Mr Kemp



With Monday and Tuesday's temperatures expected to reach 38oC , it seems the sensible thing to allow children to come to school in their PE kit if they wish. Slipping on a t-shirt and shorts is much more comfortable than a shirt in this weather. Also, don't forget to slap on a hat and slop on the suncream.


Thanks to those family members that were able to come and watch the Y5's perform on Thursday following their whole class music lessons on the trombone. We hope you enjoyed the show and we hope this opportunity has provided a little inspiration to some of our Parkfielders who may now go on and learn how to play a musical instrument.


End of year reports for all pupils will be handed out on Monday 18th July. In addition to comments from the class teacher, the reports will include Y6 SATS results, Y4 multiplication check results and Y1 Phonics scores.


Each contestant and presenter has been sent home with tickets for adults to watch Wednesday afternoon's show, beginning at 1:45pm in the hall.


Year 6 parents and carers are invited to watch their final assembly on Thursday morning at 9:10am in the hall, with the children recounting their memories and performing Matilda the Musical. We hope you can make it to this special occasion. Year 6 shirt signing will then take place during their final afternoon at Parkfield!


There will be no after school clubs next week due to it being the final week. However, Early Birds and Busy Bees will continue as usual.

PE DAYS will be slighly different next week.

  • Monday - Years 3 and 4

  • Tuesday - Year 5

  • Wednesday - Reception and Year 6

* Children in Years 1 and 2 won't be having PE on Thursday afternoon so should wear their normal uniform.

PLASTIC BAGS It would be helpful if you could send your child in with a plastic bag on Monday as they will be bringing home lots of books and work during the week.


There are very few changes to staffing next year and the staffing will be as follows:

  • Reception: Miss Iqbal and Miss O'Connell (Mrs Price on maternity leave)

  • Year 1: Mrs Hartley and Mrs Gully

  • Year 2: Miss McCall and Mrs Mullane

  • Year 3: Mrs Gooding and Mrs Bardsley

  • Year 4: Miss Milovanovic and Mrs Naughton (Mrs Taylor on maternity leave)

  • Year 5: Mrs Acil and Miss Dipnall

  • Year 6: Mrs Howard and Mrs Jeffrey

Members of our excellent SEND team will be confirmed later in the term as we are currently in the process of recruiting additional staff.


Thanks so much for your support with the new safeguarding measures we brought in a few weeks ago where we decided that it would be better for both pupils and staff if parents and carers no longer observed the after school extra curricular clubs. A reminder that parents and carers will still be more than welcome to attend matches as your support at these events is very much appreciated.


You will have received an email with information regarding booking for Early Birds and Busy Bees for September onwards. You'll be pleased to know that the governors have agreed to simplify the pricing structure and reduce the cost of Early Birds to £1.50 per session for all pupils (7.30am - 8.45am). Busy Bees will continue to cost £8 per session (3.15 - 5.30pm). To access the booking form you can click here:

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Mrs Whalen is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) supported by Mr Kemp and Miss Steele (Deputy DSL). If you have any concerns about the needs or welfare of a pupil, please don't hesitate to contact the school. We all share a responsibility to our pupils safety and wellbeing.

As a school our promise is: We will listen, we will support and we will take action.


As you are all aware, school attendance and punctuality is one of Parkfields priorities and I have been thrilled with the support that parents have been giving with regards to improving their children’s attendance.

Our school target is 96%. We are currently below this target and we need your continued support to ensure that we meet this mark.

Persistent Absence

Persistent absence is defined by the Government as attendance below 90%. This equates to 19 days or more of absence a year or 100+ lessons missed. If a child’s attendance drops below 90% this could lead to them becoming a safeguarding concern. This could also result in the authority taking legal action against parents, resulting in a fine or court appearance. Over the next few weeks I will be making contact by letter with the families of children whose attendance is below 90% to invite you into school for a discussion about how we can support you to improve your child’s attendance.

Thank you so much to all the families who have been working hard to ensure children’s attendance and punctuality is high. Establishing early good habits really will make a positive difference to their lives. The link between attendance and achievement cannot be over stated. Your child will achieve better if they are in school every day. Only in very exceptional circumstances should a child be absent from school. Please ring the school office no later than 8.30am to report an absence.


Please get your child to school on time. Poor punctuality can lead to your child…

  • Feeling embarrassed in front of their friends

  • Missing the beginning of vital lessons making them fall behind

  • Missing important instructions for the rest of the school day

At Parkfield children are to line up before school and doors open at 8.45am. They close at 8.50am.

If you arrive after 8.50am you will have to come through the school office.


  • Dogs are not permitted in the school playground.

  • If driving, park further away from the school and walk to reduce congestion and the possiblity of any serious accidents.

  • Unfortunately, Parents and Carers are not allowed to drop off and pick up from the school car park at any time.

  • Children are not allowed on the play equipment before and after school. Please keep them off.

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